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Tyburn
09-09-2010, 12:20 PM
Five Championship Birds crushed to death, twenty Show Birds stolen, and Seven deaths due to stress and shock. When a Rival attacks a Budgie Studd favourite to win. One Budgie was preparing and expected to defend his Title of "Best in Breed" until he was murdered

Everything was ready for the big show.
The budgies were preening themselves happily on their perches, chirping and whistling away in Andrew Pooley’s aviary.

In a few hours time there might even have been another champion among them.
Then, something dastardly happened.

Champion Penmead Pride, was stamped on and never had the chance to defend its title at the Cornwall Budgerigar Show

Under cover of darkness, someone crept into the shed, stole 21 of the prized birds – and stamped ‘best of breed’ champion Penmead Pride to death on the floor.
Yesterday the attack was the talk of the budgie-breeders as police investigated the likelihood that a jealous rival was responsible.
Penman Pride – judged top budgie at last year’s prestigious Cornwall Budgerigar Show – was tipped to regain the crown this year.

Only Mr Pooley’s show team birds were targeted and another two of them were found squashed on the ground. Seven more died of shock afterwards.
Now the fear is that the budgie smugglers will try to sell on the stolen birds as potential champions.

Bird societies have been checking small-ads and the internet for any clues to their whereabouts.
Perhaps appropriately, news of the theft was one of the topics of discussion in a series of Tweets yesterday.
None, alas, was from the missing 21.
The carnage took place after Mr Pooley, a 58-year-old former quarry worker and leading budgie expert from Delabole, near Camelford, was about to prepare and check his birds for the show next day.
He popped into town, returned to take a bath, and wandered down to the shed at 9.45pm for a last look at his pride and joy.
But he had left the aviary door unlocked – with disastrous consequences.

It was the silence that struck him first. There wasn’t a peep coming out of the shed and the remaining birds were huddled as high as they could get.
‘I knew something was wrong as soon as I opened the door,’ he said. ‘It was so quiet. I looked around and saw the birds had gone.
‘Then I looked on the floor and saw Penmead Pride was dead. He had been stepped on.

'The person or people who did this must have known exactly which ones to take because they only targeted my show team.
‘They all had identity rings around their legs but this person is obviously an expert who would know how to remove them, leaving me with no way to prove they are mine.
‘They have taken the best of the best. It must have been someone who wanted me out of the show.’
Enlarge Mr Pooley is secretary of the Caged Bird Society and has bred budgerigars for 40 years. Penmead Pride became his first registered champion in last year’s show.
Although he has 42 birds left, they were not up to Penmead Pride’s standard and Mr Pooley was forced to quit the 2010 competition.

Devon and Cornwall police are working on the theory that ‘a member of the bird-keeping community’ carried out the attack.
They have appealed to the budgerigar fraternity to help find out who is responsible and where the birds, which were not insured, might have gone.
House to house enquiries revealed there were no known witnesses to the theft.
Mr Pooley said: ‘I would just like to get my hands on whoever did this.
‘Those budgerigars are worth the world to me. What hurts as well is that they were taken by someone with an eye to know a good bird.’

Blade
09-10-2010, 12:37 AM
Absolutely disgusting thing to do, but sorry Davide but birds shouldn't be in cages anyway.

Tyburn
09-10-2010, 12:55 AM
Absolutely disgusting thing to do, but sorry Davide but birds shouldn't be in cages anyway.

Budgies cant survive in the wild in this country. But they do fly wild in places like Australia...they are like pigeons in Australia :laugh:

Blade
09-10-2010, 01:03 AM
Budgies cant survive in the wild in this country. But they do fly wild in places like Australia...they are like pigeons in Australia :laugh:

Given the choice of a short-lived freedom outside or a longer life in a cage in your luxurious flat I think your birds would vote with their wings Mr Duff.

Tyburn
09-10-2010, 01:06 AM
Given the choice of a short-lived freedom outside or a longer life in a cage in your luxurious flat I think your birds would vote with their wings Mr Duff.

you are wrong.

Today I let my newest bird out on her own. She flew around the room happily, enjoying Freedom...half an hour later I couldnt find her.

Well...she had got board of Freedom, and was sitting back inside her open cage again :laugh:

The others havent reached that level of maturity yet...although Jens the Budgie isnt far away :w00t:

Jens already had the option of full freedom and turned it down...

Blade
09-10-2010, 01:09 AM
you are wrong.

Today I let my newest bird out on her own. She flew around the room happily, enjoying Freedom...half an hour later I couldnt find her.

Well...she had got board of Freedom, and was sitting back inside her open cage again :laugh:

The others havent reached that level of maturity yet...although Jens the Budgie isnt far away :w00t:

Jens already had the option of full freedom and turned it down...

'Wrong' isn't in my vocabulary.

Tyburn
09-10-2010, 01:09 AM
http://www.matt-hughes.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5744

Tyburn
09-10-2010, 01:10 AM
'Wrong' isn't in my vocabulary.

maybe not...but I'm sure it crops up alot in your actions :laugh: